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From 01.05.2009 to 25.06.2009 - Status: success

Inspire teachers, changing lives

Inspire teachers, changing lives

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Following their last year experience (see our coverage) and waiting for the next expedition in the Antarctic, the Fuchs Foundation is on the move again. This time, four teachers are going to experience immense challenges in a dangerous and extreme environment in Arctic.

They are challenging themselves to do useful projects which they will convert into exciting lessons for their students, helping them with the National Curriculum.

The project called FFAE2009 is going to cross the Greenland Icecap between 66 and 67 deg North, travelling with dog sledges, so that each day they will be able to spend time carrying out their science projects.

The two leaders from Bull Precision Expeditions (BPE) and four teachers will leave the UK in May 2009 being in the field approximately six weeks.

FFAE2007 is seeking support from several bodies and is excited at the prospect of entering into partnerships with national organisations.

Both The Association for Science Education and the Geographical Association collaborate with the Foundation and both organisations are to continue to help with the dissemination of results of the individual projects and the resulting teaching materials.

The Foundation has a five year partnership with the Scott Polar Research Institute of Cambridge University to create web based education materials for secondary schools.

The Foundation has a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Portsmouth, Human & Allied Physiology Laboratories, to advance the knowledge of human endurance in the Polar regions.

The Trustees of the Foundation find these partnerships immensely encouraging, and hope that they will encourage sponsors to be generous not just towards FFAE2009, but to the succeeding expeditions of teachers which will be sent by the Foundation to both the Antarctic and Arctic.

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